2011 Mazda 2: Lateral Bolstering is *Just* Adequate
November 02, 2011
You're not going to get great seats in a car that stickers for $16,330, but I'm pretty content with the driver seat in our long-term 2011 Mazda 2.
During my Ortega Highway/South Main Divide Road drive, the seat held me in place well enough. It wasn't perfect, but I wasn't sliding around so much that it was distracting. It probably helps that the seat is cloth (and high-quality cloth at that), because the "leather" in this price range is usually on the slippery side.
With that back-road detour on my drive back from Carlsbad, I ended up spending four straight hours in the driver seat and that included some time in stop-and-go traffic. The seat remained comfortable throughout that trip, providing adequate support. I will say that at 5 feet, 10 inches, I max out all the seat-track travel and I have the seat height set as low as it will go, sooo I'd be pretty surprised if a six-footer could make the same trip and be as comfortable as I was.
In addition, I took the car through countless cloverleaf entrance/exit ramps over the weekend, and by the end of it, my significant other was complaining about "inadequate lateral support." So I guess one person's adequate is another person's needs improvement.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,101 miles